“The View of Formosa’s Landscapes from Photographers II,” one of the key photographic exhibitions from the National Taiwan Museum collection, will greet Tokyo from Sept. 14 through Nov. 17.
The two-month exhibition will focus on the features of Taiwan’s unique natural geography and the people who co-exist with the island. The museum has curated an astounding collection that will display the beauty of Formosa in areas such as forests and wilderness, maritime treasures, its people over the ages, and photographers’ picks.
The featured 74 photographs were taken by three distinct generations, ranging from early and established to modern and contemporary. Through the lens and generational context of these photographers, the exhibition hopes to reflect the passing of time and the rapid changes that have taken place within each photographer’s time frame.
Nature scenery will include the valley vistas of Guanshan and Wanli, the great trench of Chianan Plain and Guanxi tung oil flowers, the mist-shrouded Tungho River, and migratory birds on Lanyan Plain. Laomei Green Reef in northern Taiwan, which was devastated by a fuel leakage incident last year, will reappear in its original grandeur as well.
Haunting images of the seascape, seabed ecology, coral spawning season, and marine ecology of fish, crustaceans, and invertebrates will also be displayed side by side with anthropological records on early Formosan residents, artifacts, and cultural landscapes.
Curator Chuang Ling (莊靈), a noted photographer whose father was tasked with the duty of protecting the first shipment of National Palace Museum artifacts to Taiwan, explained that “imagery” is an optimal medium for sharing Taiwan’s history, culture, and beauty.
“The View of Formosa’s Landscapes from Photographers II” will be shown simultaneously at the Taiwan Cultural Center in Tokyo (51 photographs will be displayed from Sept. 14 through Nov. 17) and at the Shiba Iki-iki Plaza in Minato City (23 photographs will be displayed from Sept. 14 through Oct. 1).
Read the original press release in Japanese here.